When it seemed that Red Bull was going to be the great dominator of Saturday Grand Prix of Mexico de F1, Mercedes showed in his own way that he wants to extend his dominance in the Maximum with a tremendous demonstration of the Finn Valtteri Bottas and English Lewis Hamilton, who assured the German team the first row of the grid on the 18th round of the World Cup.
Pole went to Bottas after a tremendous first round in which he nailed 1m15s875, recorded that he dropped the 1m16s225 that the Dutchman had scored seconds before Max Verstappen (Red Bull). Hamilton crossed the finish line behind them, finally getting between them and He was 145/1000 of his teammate.
The final minutes of the shootout were emotional with Verstappen trying to bring his rivals down from the top of the standings. However, a mistake to avoid the Japanese Yuki tsunoda (AlphaTauri) prevented the leader of the contest from achieving his mission. The same happened with the Mexican Sergio Pérez, his partner, who had to settle for fourth place.
In this way, Hamilton has an unbeatable chance to deduct points from Verstappen (they arrived 12 points apart) and maintain his hope of getting his eighth title.
Bottas, for his part, achieved his 19th pole in his campaign and the third of the year. This result had a special award: won one replica of the Herbert Johnson helmet used by Juan Manuel Fangio that was at stake in the framework of the tribute to the 70th anniversary of the first scepter of El Chueco in F.1.
"It was one of my best laps in Formula 1", summed up the Nordic, who received recognition from the hands of Sir Jackie Stewart and that he disputes his last races with Mercedes since in 2022 he will race for Alfa Romeo Racing.
Qualifying got off to a rocky start. 10 minutes after the start of Q1, a strong dismissal from the Canadian Lance stroll (Aston Martin) forced a red flag to repair the fenders. While in Q2 the one who went against the go was the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), although the incident happened about the end of the phase.
The competition will start on Sunday at 16 in Argentina.
GRAND PRIZE CLASSIFICATION OF MEXICO 2021
|3||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:16.788||1:16.483||1:16.225||18|
|4||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:17.003||1:17.055||1:16.342||18|
|11||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:17.502||1:17.746||16|
|12||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:17.606||1:17.958||18|
|14||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:17.897||1:18.290||15|
|20||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:20.873||3|